Snow and ice are sweeping the nation! School cancellations are spreading throughout the country faster than the Bubonic Plague! Hordes of snowmen and flocks of snow angels are appearing out of nowhere, as bread-milk-and hot chocolate are disappearing from the shelves. And the lyrics of Frozen can be heard virtually everywhere, as both kids, teens, and adults (both women and men) pretend that they are a Disney Princess. Snowpocalypse! Iceageddon! is here!
Snow days, they’re awesome aren’t they? Sledding—cuddling with your kids under a warm blanket—NO SCHOOL! Aren’t they relaxing?! A Sabbath, a break from the headaches and trials of school. A day for a break!
Like any college kid, I love snow days! (I probably should have spent mine more on homework than watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) but it was a relaxing break, a mini vacation away from the burdens that come with taking 18 hrs. at Harding University.
Snow days are a special gift—a freedom! However, there is one aspect of our life that a snow day should never give us an excuse to take a break from—sharing Jesus.
Rain, sleet, or snow, we are caught in a spiritual war. The battle is won! yes, because of the glorious victory of the cross, but the skirmishes for the souls of men will continue to rage on until the day our righteous Savior returns.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
These wise words were spoken by Jesus during his great Sermon on the Mount—and they’re absolutely true. School—work—they’re important yes, but how important are they compared to living a Christian life? In making choices that won’t just affect us in this life, but for eternity. Do we live like that? Do we live as if we have a life after this one, and the decisions that we make now will affect us forever? Or do we live a life of snow days—breaks away from Jesus, from sharing the Gospel?
Everyone has an important decision to make—“How will I spend eternity?” That is why we cannot take a snow day. That is why we must always live the Christian life. To be the salt and light of the world so that those around us may see that there is something that they’re missing. How important is eternity to you? compared to our everyday worries?
Enjoy your snow days!—the sledding—the snowmen making—the break from school—but don’t let it be a snow day from being a Christian example. Live your life always for Him: sharing His word, displaying His love, relying on Him, for being an example can be a louder megaphone than a knocking door-to-door campaign. Let us be holy warriors, and let us through Him be a dangerous threat to the powers of Hell in these skirmishes for the souls of men!